Henry Livingston
Collection 1751-1833 (bulk 1787-1811)
SC19687

Quantity: 2 boxes (0.50 cu. ft.)
Access: Open to research
Acquisition: Collation of items previously catalogued and accessioned separately. (Accession number noted following description of individual items)
Processed by: Honor Conklin, Archivist, Manuscripts and Special Collections, November 1990

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Biographical and Historical Note:

The Livingston family is descended from Robert Livingston (1654-1728) of Scotland, who settled in the Dutchess County, New York, area. He was granted a patent and his property became the Manor and Lordship of Livingston. Robert Livingston was a town clerk of Albany, New York, secretary for Indian affairs and a member of the New York Provincial Assembly.

Henry Livingston, Sr. (1714-1794) (Gilbert, Robert) was the Dutchess County Clerk from 1742 to 1789.

Henry Livingston, Jr. (1748-1828) (Henry Sr., Gilbert, Robert) was a major with the 3rd New York Regiment, serving in Canada in 1775. He was a surveyor and resided in Poughkeepsie, New York.

Henry Beekman Livingston (1750-1831) (Robert) of Rhinebeck, New York, was captain and later colonel of the 4th New York Regiment during the Revolution. He fought in Canada, Saratoga, Valley Forge, Monmouth, and Quaker Hill (Rhode Island).

Henry (Hendrick) Livingston (1752-1823) (Robert, Philip, Robert) resided at Livingston Manor, his father being the third and last Lord of the Manor. During the Revolution he was lieutenant colonel of the Manor Livingston Regiment, or 10th Regiment. He was at the Battle of Saratoga.

Henry Gilbert Livingston (1754-1817) (Robert, Gilbert, Robert) resided at “The Hill.” He was a captain in the 1st Battalion of New York independents and was brigade major and aide-de-camp to Lord Sterling. He was in the Battle of Long Island.

Henry Brockholst Livingston (1757-1823) (William, Philip, Robert) was born in New York, the son of William Livingston, the governor of New Jersey from 1776 to 1789. He was a major of the 3rd New York Regiment, a secretary to Spanish ambassador John Jay, and a justice of the Supreme Court.

Henry Alexander Livingston (1776-1849) (John Henry, Henry, Sr., Gilbert, Robert).

Henry Wells Livingston (1778-?) (Henry Jr., Henry Sr., Gilbert, Robert). According to Florence Van Rensselaer (Livingston Family in America, 1949), Henry Wells Livingston died in his first year. The documents and letters in this collection seem to indicate that he survived and became a lawyer in 1800, residing in Utica, New York.

Scope and Content Note:

This is a collection of family papers and land records assembled from single accessions relating to eight Livingston family members named Henry. The items have been grouped by individual, as best as can be ascertained, by comparing signatures and content. The materials within those divisions have been arranged chronologically.

The materials consist primarily of correspondence, documents, field books and survey maps, with the primary topics being land titles and the Revolutionary War. Included among these are master rolls of the 4th New York Regiment under Colonel James Holmes for February 13, 1776, an orderly book of the 3rd New York Regiment (1780), and survey maps for portions of the Philipse Manor, the Booardus and Kierstead properties in Rhinebeck, New York, the Beverly Robinson property in Dutchess County, New York, and the Maria Whiley and other property in Clinton, Dutchess County, New York.

Box and Folder List:

Numbers in parentheses ( ) are original accession numbers

Box Folders Contents
    Henry Livingston, Jr. (1748-1828) (Henry Sr., Gilbert, Robert) of Poughkeepsie, New York
1 0 Biographical information
1 1 Lease to Henry Livingston Sr. (1714-1799) of land in Schuyler, Patent, Dutchess County, October 21, 1771. DS (Transfer from acc. #2397)
1 1 Letter to James Rivington, Poughkeepsie, January 6, 1775. ALS (Transfer from acc. #7107)
1 2 Letter to Gerard Bancker, December 5, 1779. ALS (Transfer from acc. #2680)
1 2 Letter to Gerard Bancker, Poughkeepsie, July 18, 1781. ALS (Transfer from acc. #4019)
1 3 Transfer of indenture of Elizabeth Warren to Peter Tappan, Poughkeepsie, March 10, 1787. ALS (Transfer from acc. #7177)
1 4 Five field books and four survey maps of property owned by Maria Jane Anne Whiley and others in Clinton, Dutchess County, New York, 1787-1811. Maps - 6.5 x 20 cm on 15 x 20 cm sheet; 33 x 78 cm (2 maps, on both sides of a sheet); 20 x 38.5 cm, surveyor H.L. Jr. (Transfer from acc. #53-60, #1825- 1832)
1 5 Order to constables of Dutchess County, New York to apprehend Peter A. Lansing, Poughkeepsie, February 7, 1797. ADS (Transfer from acc. #7183, 7163 incorrect no.)
1 6 Field book of Lot Number 2 in the first division of the Philipse Manor for Captain Frederick Philipse, 1802. 16 x 10 cm copy of survey map by David Lambert in 1769, copies by H.L. Jr. (Transfer from acc. #61)
1 7 Letter to his brother, August 29, 1803. ALS (Transfer from acc. #835)
1 8 Field book on Lots 3, 5, and 9 of Philipse Manor and related documents, including map endorsed N. 10 (with deed), 1810-1813 (Transfer from acc. #7640)
1 8 “Memorandum book of incidents in survey of Lot Number 3 [Philipse Manor].” (Transfer from acc. #7641)
1 8 Memorandum of survey of land deeded January 18, 1758, by Henry Beekman and others to Beverly Robinson in Dutchess County, New York, near the Oblong, including survey map, 33 x 20.5 cm, by Henry Livingston, Jr. (Transfer from acc. #7642)
1 8 Letter to John Jacob Astor on Lots Number 3, 5, and 9 of Philipse Manor in relation to his claim, Poughkeepsie, August 1, 1810, copy of ALS (Transfer from acc. #7643)
1 9-10 Two field books on survey of Great Lot Number 5 of the Philipse Manor claimed by John Jacob Astor. Surveyed by James Dodge under the direction of Henry Livingston, 1819 (Transfer from acc. #53, 54)
1 11 Six letters and documents related to survey of Great Lot Number 5 of the Philipse Manor, 1819 (Transfer from acc. #55, 56, 57, 58, 59, 60)
1 12 Bonds to James Emott, Poughkeepsie, November 1, 1824, and July 1, 1819.
DS (Transfer from acc. #7121 and 2408)
1 13 Seven letters and documents regarding Henry Livingston, Jr. as principal assessor, 2nd district, 4th division, towns of Poughkeepsie, Fishkill, and Beekman, Dutchess County, New York, 1798-1799 (Transfer from acc. #10898)
    Henry Livingston, Sr. (1714-1794) (Gilbert, Robert) of Poughkeepsie, New York
1 14 Order to sheriff of Dutchess County, New York, Poughkeepsie, May 24, 1751. DS (Transfer from acc. #4812)
1 14 Letter to Henry Livingston, Jr., Poughkeepsie, January 18, 1771. ALS (Transfer from acc. #7088)
1 14 Letter to [?]. N.p., November 7, 1761. ALS found in Thomas Cole Papers (Transfer from acc. #10636)
1 14 Order in bastardy against Phineas Woodard on the oath of Unice West: true copy. Pauling’s Precinct, Dutchess County, New York, May 9, 1772. DS (Transfer from acc. #9529)
1 14 Deed of Henry Livingston, Sr. to Henry Livingston, Jr. of a plot of land of 215 acres in Dutchess County, New York. Poughkeepsie, October 25, 1779. DS (Transfer from acc. #7115, 7215 incorrect number)
1 14 Petition, Dutchess County, New York, July 20, 1786. DS (Transfer from acc. #3336, 3337 incorrect number)
1 14 Last will and testament, Poughkeepsie, May 5, 1791. DS (Transfer from acc. #1931, 1932)
    SEE ALSO BOX 2 FOLDER 1
    Henry Beekman Livingston (1750-1831) (Robert) of Rhinebeck, New York
1 15 Letter to Captain Richard Varick, Albany, March 24, 1776. ALS (Transfer from acc. #37)
1 15 Letter to General [Philip] Schuyler, Fort George, June 16, 1776. ALS (Transfer from acc. #1187)
1 15 Letter to Governor George Clinton, November 13, 1777. ALS (Transfer from acc. #38)
1 15 Letter to Major General Benjamin Lincoln, Rhinebeck, April 11, 1779. ALS (Transfer from acc. #10930)
1 15 Letter to Richard Harrison, n.p., September 26 [1780] (Transfer from acc. #6392)
1 15 List of Deeds (Transfer from acc. #4280)
1 16 Manuscript Orderly Book of the 3rd Regiment of New York Militia compiled by Henry Beekman Livingston, 1780  (Transfer from acc. #4292)
    SEE ALSO BOX 2, FOLDER 2
    Hendrick/Henry Livingston (1752-1823), (Robert, Philip, Robert)
1 17 Letter to Philip Van Rensselaer, Manor Livingston, April 24, 1786. ALS (Transfer from acc. #1782)
1 17 Letter to Stephen Van Rensselaer, Manor Livingston, March 1, 1788. ALS (Transfer from acc. #36)
1 17 Letter to Leonard Gansevoort, Manor Livingston, November 2, 1789. ALS (Transfer from acc. #6699)
1 17 Letter to Gerard Bancker, Manor Livingston, January 27, 1790. ALS (Transfer from acc. #1186)
1 17 Letter to Stephen Van Rensselaer, Manor Livingston, April 21, 1790. ALS (Transfer from acc. #827)
1 17 Letter to Stephen Van Rensselaer, Manor Livingston, April 13, 1791. ALS (Transfer from acc. #828)
    SEE ALSO BOX 2, FOLDER 3
    Henry Brockholst Livingston (1757-1823) (William, Philip, Robert)
1 18 Letter to Colonel C. Clarkson. N.P., February 25, 1786. ALS (Transfer from acc. #14538)
1 18 Accounts, 1789 DS (Transfer from acc. #15536)
1 18 Letter to Fred Rhinelander, New York, March 19, 1789. ALS (Transfer from acc. #14635)
1 18 Letter to Abraham Bancker with receipt from Robert Hanson, New York, January 26, 1795. ALS (Transfer from acc. #6739)
1 18 Letter to Governor George Clinton, New York, July 31, 1801. ALS (Transfer from acc. #1529)
1 18 Letter to James McEvers, August 13, 1802. ALS (Transfer from acc. #6475)
1 18 Letter to Archibald McIntyre, New York, October 8, 1816. ALS (Transfer from acc. #4023)
1 18 Letter to Archibald McIntyre, New York, November 17, 1817. ALS (Transfer from acc. #4022)
1 18 Letter to David Allinson, January 30, 1821. ALS (Transfer from acc. #3492)
    Henry Livingston, Unidentified
1 19 Subpoena to appear before the circuit court to testify in the case of James Jackson vs. David Arnold, Poughkeepsie, April 11, 1820. DS (Transfer from acc. #7154)
1 19 Henry Livingston, account (debit-credit) with Valentine Baker, 1783-1784 (Transfer from acc. #3336)
1 19 Receipt for the payment of cloth and other goods from George Booth, December 29, 1813 (Transfer from acc. #3336)
    Henry Gilbert Livingston (1754-1817) (Robert, Gilbert, Robert)
1 20 Letter to John Jay, Rhinebeck, February 23, 1777. ALS (Transfer from acc. #15567)
1 20 Letter draft to Henry G. Livingston, August 30, 1792. AL (Transfer from acc. #17614)
1 20 Letter to Henry W. Livingston, New York, November 2, 1807. ALS (Transfer from acc. #7143)
1 20 Letter to Gilbert Livingston, Poughkeepsie, February 7, 1793. ALS (Transfer from acc. #7155)
    Henry Alexander Livingston (1776-1849) (John Henry, Henry Sr., Gilbert, Robert)
1 21 Receipt to Catherine Livingston for money received for his father, John H. Livingston, March 7, 1809. ADS (3368)
    SEE ALSO BOX 2 FOLDER 4
    Henry Wells Livingston, (1778-?) (Henry Jr., Henry Sr., Gilbert, Robert)
(May include more than one Henry W. Livingston. Florence Van Rensselaer, Livingston Family in America, 1949, indicates Henry Wells Livingston died in his first year.)
1 22 License to practice law, Dutchess County, New York, June 25, 1800. DS (Transfer from acc. #7087)
1 22 Letter to William Tilgham, [Clermont, November 22, 1800?]. ALS (Transfer from acc. #3550)
1 22 Receipt of $10 from Henry Livingston, March 30, 1803. ADS (Transfer from acc. #7181)
1 22 Four receipts on one page, to Gilbert Livingston in the settlement of Henry Livingston [Sr.?] n.p., March 24-December 26, 1804. ADS (Transfer from acc. #9531)
1 22 Letter to Henry Livingston [Jr.?], Utica, June 1, 1812. ALS (initials) (Transfer from acc. #39)
1 22 Certificate of admission to the bar of Utica, October 6, 1812. ADS (Transfer from acc. #7144)
1 22 Court brief on imprisoning for debt, n.d. ADS (Transfer from acc. #3336, 3337 incorrect number)
    Henry Livingston, Sr. (1714-1794)
2 1 Letters to Henry Livingston, Sr. 1743-1747, 1751-1752, and others 1766, 1773, 1782, 1833 (11059). Photostats. A number of the letters in this folder have been transcribed and can be found in Yearbook of the Dutchess County Historical Society (R,974.733,D97 and MA/FF,974.733,D97,90-9622), volumes 6 (1921) and 65 (1980) (Transfer from acc. #11059)
    Henry Beekman Livingston (1750-1831
2 2 Two master rolls of 4th New York Regiment under command of Colonel James Holmes, February 13, 1776 DS (Transfer from acc. #1522, 4041)
2 2 Deed to Everardus Bogardus of land in Rhinebeck, January 1, 1787. Includes map, 14 x 19 cm, on 51 x 39 cm sheet, color, torn, by Isaac Davis and Will Cockburn (Transfer from acc. #4270)
2 2 Deed to Hans Kierstead of land in Rhinebeck, May 31, 1787. Includes map, 20.5 x 20 cm, on 32 x 41 cm sheet by Isaac Davis and Will Cockburn (Transfer from acc. #4272)
2 2 Deed to Everardus Bogardus of land in Rhinebeck, June 1, 1787. DS (Transfer from acc. #4269)
    Hendrick/Henry Livingston (1752-1823), (Robert, Philip, Robert)
2 3 Signature of  Hendrick/Henry Livingston (1752-1823), on New York Spectator, May 13, 1815 (Transfer from acc. #836)
    Henry Alexander Livingston (1776-1849
2 4 Deed to William Knickerbacker of a plot of 25¼ acres in Bergent’s Purchase, Poughkeepsie, February 16, 1804. DS (Transfer from acc. #6763)
Last Updated: July 7, 2010